The desire to hang out with an elite inner circle does not end at the red carpet. Many a New Yorker dreams of rubbing elbows with the rich on the regular as members of the private—often historic—clubs strewn throughout the city. Unlike sweet-talking your way past the velvet ropes of one of the most coveted nightclubs, however, gaining entry to one of these bastions of hush-hush sophistication takes a little more determination. With the right amount of dough—and the proper pedigree—you too can be granted entry. From old money haunts to modern-day yuppie retreats, here are 10 of the most esteemed, expensive, or exclusive social epicenters you’ll want to be a part of in the city that never sleeps.